Get WISE for 2018

Yes it's that time of year again.
That festive holiday season of parties and presents and good cheer . . . that is also the time that we begin to "wind down" toward the end of the year.
While it is certainly a time to relax and enjoy special times with family and friends, it's also a good time to review and look ahead.
The New Year is right around the corner.
As your thoughts begin to turn to 2018, you may be contemplating some goals for the new year. As a fan of SMART goals, I encourage you to keep that framework in mind.
As a reminder, SMART goals are:
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Aligned
  • Realistic
  • Time framed
You might also like to consider WOOP goals, courtesy of Gabriele Oettingen, a psychology professor at NYU.
Her research based WOOP model means:
  • Wish
  • Outcome
  • Obstacle
  • Plan
Never one to hold back, I'd like to offer another goal setting framework, one that I call WISE:
  • W = What do I want to accomplish? Where do things stand right now? What stands in my way? What changes do I need to make? Whose help will I need? What steps will I take to get started?
  • I = Imagine what it will be like when I have achieved my goal! Seek ideas. Get inspiration. Involve others. Set your intention.
  • S = Share your plan with someone. Select a friend who will support you and give you honest input. Begin to tell the story that you will manifest in your life. Play to your strengths.
  • E = Execute your plan and evaluate your progress. Energize yourself. Turn on your engine of success!
Clearly the W does most of the heavy lifting in this framework.
I recommend creating a simple vision board with a WISE framework on it to write out your thoughts on each component.
Make it visual. That way you can see what you mean.
Let me know how your WISE goals work out for you. I'll be working on mine.
Terrence Seamon is a big fan of setting goals...and a realist as well. Follow him on twitter @tseamon

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